BCMA recognizes a number of individuals and organizations each year for their service and excellence within the sector. To view the full award categories and descriptions, please click here.
If you are interested in nominating an individual, project or organization for an award, please read through the Frequently Asked Questions topics below. Once you are ready, you can find the nomination form at the bottom of this page.
Nominations for the BCMA Awards of Excellence for 2020 will be accepted in early 2020.
Download the sample nomination form and prepare your answers before submitting the online form bellow 2019 Sample Nomination Form
The BCMA Awards recognize projects of excellence, innovative and ground-breaking initiatives from museums, art galleries, cultural centres and other cultural heritage institutions across BC. The person(s), project or organization being nominated may be by volunteers or paid staff at an institution. Nominees need not be members of the BCMA.
The Awards Committee appreciates as much information as possible in order to make informed decisions. Please be sure to answer all questions on the nomination form with as much relevant information as possible. Adjudicators will consider
Nominations for the Distinguished Service and Museum Service & Stewardship awards should include the following:
Awards of Merit nominations should include the following:
Innovation Award nominations should include the following:
Formal letters of recommendation are encouraged for all nominations, but not required. You will have the opportunity to upload supporting documents as text or as PDF.
Anyone can nominate an award! You need not be a member of the BCMA.
Awards Committee members may also put forward nominations, in an effort to ensure that no deserving recipient is overlooked.
The Awards Committee is independent and comprised of five individuals appointed by Council to evaluate nominations for BCMA’s Awards & Bursaries Program. The committee meets via conference call. This year the committee includes:
To make effective and consistent evaluations, the following general criteria will apply in evaluating Nominees:
Contribution: Nominees must have played a significant role in the collection, preservation or presentation of British Columbia’s art, history, culture, or cultural heritage.
Resources: The qualifications or worthiness of a Nominee will NOT be determined in any way by factors such as the size of a facility, institution, or agency; the number of employees or volunteers; budget; or the cost of a project or program. Evaluation will be based upon the relative accomplishment that may normally be expected of the resources available to the Nominee being considered.
Quality of Achievement: Recognizing the Awards Program objective of encouraging excellence in the museums, art galleries and cultural heritage fields, consideration will be given not only to what the Nominee has accomplished individually, but also to the excellence of the work relative to similar culture and heritage resource accomplishments and programs across our sector.
Accomplishment: Nominees will be evaluated on an actual achievement, not on an untried idea or concept. Awards may not always be given on an annual basis. If there are no nominees whose achievements meet the established criteria, an award may not be given in that particular year.
All nominees will be celebrated, and award winners will be announced and presented with their awards, at the BCMA Awards Gala event at BCMA’s annual conference. The 2019 conference is September 30 – October 2 in Prince George.
PLEASE NOTE: Winners and nominees will be contacted in confidence, by the Awards Committee and then publicly announced and celebrated at the annual BCMA Awards Gala during the BCMA annual conference.